Paleontologists in east China’s Shandong Province have named a new dinosaur species in the genus Leptoceratops after its unique bow-shaped hip bone.
The partial skeleton of Ischioceratops zhuchengensis, which lived during the Cretaceous Period, the last dinosaur era, was found in the world’s largest dinosaur fossil field at Zhucheng, according to the local dinosaur research centre.
Leptoceratops are small, herbivorous dinosaurs that walked on four legs but could probably stand or walk on their hind legs alone, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.
The new species features a recurve bow-shaped ischium (back and lower part of the hip bone), which has an obturator process in the middle part and an axehead-shaped expansion at the distal end.
The discovery has been published in the US journal PLOS ONE.
More than 10 new dinosaur species have been discovered and named at Zhucheng.